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This set of millefleurs, probably woven around 1500, is not based on a known text. Instead there is a generic link to the romance literature of the court. For example, here is a quotation from the allegorical Roman de la Rose from the same period which is clearly evocative of just such a scene as depicted in these tapestries. It is a description of the Garden of Love.

Figure 7 (photo credit) Five Worthies with Attendant Figures Hector of Troy 13’9” X 8’8” Woven around 1400-1410

There were rabbits coming out of their burrow and playing. … In winter and summer there was always an abundance of flowers as far as I could see. There were ….white and red flowers and wonderful yellow ones.

There are many other examples of iconographic tapestry. One is the Metropolitan Museums set called the Five Worthies with Attendant Figure, also known as the Heroes, which hangs in New York at the Cloisters. Here the characters are emblematic of heroism. The narrative content is concentrated in one central symbolic figure surrounded by supportive smaller figures. In this example (figure 7) the central figure is King Hector, seen with courtiers above and warriors on each side who provide a sub-text informing the viewer that this is a Pagan hero. The figure of Hector, of course, derives its emblematic authority from association with the legends of Troy.

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